Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

Section 179 vehicles should be a key part of your small business tax deduction strategies. Can Section 179 property fit in with your business tax strategies?

Let Business Management Daily help you get each and every rental property depreciation credit and business tax deduction you’re entitled to.

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If you're planning to hire your spouse, he or she (and your company) still must pay federal employment taxes on the wages. But don't let that scare you away from putting your spouse on the payroll. By shifting salary from your pocket to your spouse's pocket, you can successfully pay less in employment taxes than if you earned all the income yourself.

The sheer complexity of the tax code causes many people to put their faith in anyone who promises tax-reduction magic. That's why the IRS rings its warning bell each spring, identifying the top tax scams being pitched by unscrupulous tax promoters.

If your company owns a weekend retreat where you like to enjoy the great outdoors, you probably know that the IRS's "entertainment facility" rules typically prevent you from deducting depreciation and related expenses for the place, even if you entertain clients there.

Are you ready to knock down a deteriorating investment property or business building and construct a new building in its place?

Did you set up a charitable remainder trust (CRT) at the height of the bull market? If so, your returns may have slipped lately as the market fluctuates. You may be rethinking your idea of setting up a CRT in the first place.

1. Keep receipts, not a list 2. No deduction for 'common' products

A recent IRS ruling on involuntary retirement plan cash-outs caught a lot of retirement plan administrators with their pants down. Now, the IRS is giving those plan administrators a break for the 2005 plan year.

While you can still claim top-dollar deductions for your charitable donations, the massive new tax law signed last October—the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004—imposed new limits on certain donations. Now that the dust has settled, this much is clear: It's more important than ever to keep proper donation records. If you don't, you could lose all or part of your deductions.

Real estate remains rock-solid in this economy. If you bought property years ago, you may be sitting on a gold mine. Of course, when you finally sell, you could face a whopping tax bill, too.

Q: Several years ago, I bought a condo with my "significant other" (we weren't married) on a 50/50 percent basis. Now, we've split up, and we're selling the place. Can we both elect the maximum home-sale exclusion? K.H., New York City

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